Post # 16
Oooh_snap: yep, I always warn nurses who give me needles or take blood that I very well could faint, and I usually try to have someone else drive me to the appointment and back just in case. My boyfriend thinks it is slightly ridiculous that I faint, but he drives me anyway. <3
Post # 17
babeba: They put the blood back into you after they remove the plasma…i dont enjoy the process much but it helps others.
Post # 18
No, I am not elligible to donate, but I would if I could, and I would in an emergency situation where blood that’s full of meds and has been to Guatemala was better than no blood at all.
Post # 19
i, unfortunately, am unable to give blood.
Post # 20
I’m not eligible, but I absolutely would if I could.
Also, there are no paid blood/plasma drives where I live, and I’m glad for it.
Post # 21
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
babeba: I tried it once recently but I came really close to passing out and I freaked out the workers. Not to mention that my arm started throbbing when we were almost done. It finally became so unbearable they stopped the procedue before the bag was full enough for a donation. Evn worse, I experienced throbbing and shooting pains in my arm for two weeks following the procedure.
Mine was not the normal experience (as evidenced by the concern of the workers at the donation site.) However, the shooting pain in my arm for two weeks effectively ended all future donations on my part.
Post # 22
I have a few times, but I have to be careful with timing. It always leaves a lot of soreness and even some loss of strength, it seems, which can get in the way of doing my job. I also take issue with RC’s refusal to accept blood donations due to sexuality. Ridiculous and highly unnecessary.
I’ve never exchanged money for bodily fluids. I wouldn’t call that a donation. It’s a sale.
Post # 23
I used to donate fairly regularly – I’m a universal donor so I’m pretty popular. I started donating in high school and kept it up. However, the health requirements changed a few years ago and I’m no longer eligible to donate because I lived overseas in an area that had a mad cow breakout even though I was a baby during that time. Boo. I really enjoy donating.
I am a bone marrow donor though since a lot of it is based on ethnicity and biracial people tend to have an issue finding donors, so as a mixed kid myself, I like to try to help.
Post # 24
Unfortunately no. I always have a new tattoo that prevents me from giving blood. And whenever I decide I want to, I forget I had just gotten a tattoo least than a year.
Post # 25
babeba: I would chose the option for those of us who have, who passionately advocate for it, yet no longer can because of medications they must take for their own health issues.
Post # 26
Bette_Noire: yeah, I so wish you could still edit polls.
Post # 27
I have the good blood. O positive which can be used on almost anyone. So i donate regularly.
But i am TTC so i have stopped because my body needs my blood right now lol.
Post # 28
babeba: No worries! I saw that you addressed this (it stinks that you can’t), so I thought I just add a little detail to my response. It’s a very interesting topic. I know when I was in highschool the blood assurance Bloodmobile would come around for those who were 18. Thoses neon bandages were like the coolest things to have. Yup. Blood donation was in, baby! I also remember them coming to church when I was little and my grandmother having plaques on her wall of her whatever number gallon donated.
As a kid, I never thought I would. The thought nauseated me. But then I had exposure to people who really need it and the struggle it sometimes is to get it. I really wish I still could, but at least the drug I’m on that prevents me is part of a clinical drug trial that may better help other people with MS in the future.
Post # 29
I try regularly, but my iron levels are on the lower end of normal, so more often than not it’s too low to donate. I passed out the first time I donated a full unit but that wouldn’t stop me from doing it again. One of my good friends categorically refuses to because her mother received blood from CBS that was tainted with hepatitis C. It was from a prison inmate in another country and hadn’t been screened properly. She contracted it.
Post # 30
Bette_Noire: I remember in high school that they came around and anyone who donated got a sticker… And I found it interesting/was cynical at the time how they used peer pressure! Definitely in grade 12 all of us who were still under 18 felt a little harassed. I remember I even showed this one guy my ID so he would stop bugging me for not donating.